Fortuna v Werder – Merkur Spiel-Arena at 14:30 GMT+1
Fortuna Dusseldorf fell to a 3-1 reverse at Mainz last weekend. Friedhelm Funkel’s men got off to the worst possible start, conceding inside the opening two minutes, but battled back well to level proceedings through Dodi Lukebakio inside the first 20 minutes.
The Belgian notched his first goal from open play in 2019 and took his seasonal tally to 10 goals, making him the first Dusseldorf player to reach double digits since Thomas Allofs back in the 1990/1991 season. However, that was as good as it got for Fortuna as Lukebakio went on to miss a second-half penalty.
Mainz made the visitors pay with two goals thereafter, although Dusseldorf remain in 10th place, able to prepare for 2019/20 having already secured safety for a second successive season of Bundesliga football for the first time since 1996. Last season’s Bundesliga 2 champions have been an enjoyable watch over the past few months, pocketing W9-D1-L6 for their efforts since mid-December.
Funkel’s attack-minded outfit are renowned for their forward-thinking approach and that again looks the smartest way to try and approach Fortuna’s dust-up with Werder Bremen on Saturday. We can support a goal-heavy game by backing Over 2.75 Goals at 1.83 quotes.
Fortuna have seen Over 2.5 Goals feature in 22/30 (73%) outings since promotion with 10/30 (33%) encounters also producing at least four goals. with that in mind, we’re already on the right lines for a great value goals-based bet and Werder Bremen’s track record only enhances the selection further.
Werder Bremen were beaten for the first time in 2019 last weekend at Bayern Munich. The league leaders deserved the victory having kept goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka busy between the sticks before a fortunate shot deflected off Davy Klaassen and into the net for the only goal of the game.
The 1-0 loss – Bremen’s 19th successive defeat to Bayern – also marked the first time in 2018/19 that Werder had failed to score in a Bundesliga game. Florian Kohfeldt’s charges will now be determined to bounce immediately back to goalscoring form when they face Bayern again in midweek in the DFB Pokal.
Captain Max Kruse missed out in the cup contest and remains a doubt for Saturday as Werder look to get back on track after seeing their club record run of scoring in all 33 games across all competitions ended. So the weekend visitors might not be properly prepared for their Bundesliga battle, which should encourage Fortuna.
The visitors have seen all bar five of their 30 matches pay-out for Both Teams To Score backers and with away days averaging 2.67 goals per-game, there’s enough evidence to suggest that both sides can play their part in an enjoyable and entertaining encounter on Saturday afternoon.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 Goals at 1.830
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.